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Party-crazed media target Britney Spears has posted a new message on her official site owning up to past mistakes and thanking fans for their support.

Maybe now, as The Hollywood Gossip urged yesterday, people will look past her flaws and continue to support the star for who she is. Here's what her note below:

Britney and Jason Stroll

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Dear Fans,

It has been a while since I've addressed you personally here on my official website. The last couple of years have been quite a ride for me, the media has criticized my every move and printed a skewed perception of who I really am as a human being.

Behind every decision I have made in my public life there always seems to be an apparent contradiction. I have come to terms with that which is why I usually don't pay much attention to it.

The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I've had the time to be "me," I've been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached.

I am now more mature and feel like I am finally "free."

I've been working so hard on this new album and I can't wait for you all to hear it and to go on tour again! I would like to exclusively tell you that I am working hard to release the new album sometime later this year, but the date is of course not certain yet.

I look forward to coming back this year bigger and better than ever, and to also reaching out to my fans on a more personal level.

I noticed today that one of my biggest fan sites is shutting down soon and I want you all to know that I do understand all the reasons that went behind making that decision, and I am sad to see it closing.

If I were you I'd be unhappy too if I had to read what I've been reading every day. But trust me, I get it. I know I've been far from perfect and the media has had a lot of fun exaggerating my every move, but I want you all to know that I love my fans so much, and I appreciate everything you have done for me, so Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Love,
Britney

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So does this mean no more nude Britney Spears pictures? If not, we're okay with that. She needs to figure herself out, which she seems to be focused on, according to this message. Maybe, instead of revealing shots of the commando queen, we'll be treated to something more wholesome - like Jayden James pictures! That and a new album would possibly make 2007 the best year of all time.

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After passing out drunk, er, due to exhaustion, and being taken out of her New Year's Eve party at Las Vegas club Pure, the last thing the incomparable Britney Spears needs is more stress.

But rumors are circulating that Spears is in danger of getting axed by her music label, Jive Records. Sleuth Cindy Adams' reports that Jive execs are deciding whether or not to drop the new Britney album - and maybe Britney altogether.

The Circus

Spears spent hours in Jive's New York studios last month, but produced sub-par tracks that failed to meet the label's approval. In addition, her hard-partying ways have damaged her image.

Spears' manager, Larry Rudolph, insisted yesterday that she'd revamp her image and continue to record, citing her "rocky period" as an excuse for her behavior. But some believe the album will never hit shelves.

"Like the rest of us, Jive is done with Britney Spears," a music industry insider dished.

Jive, however, denied the story, releasing a statement saying its "status with Britney Spears is fine... she continues to be one of our biggest worldwide artists and we remain 1,000 percent committed to her career."

Regardless of whether she's losing her record label, it looks more and more like Britney may be losing her mind. The New York Post reports that as the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Kevin Federline left L.A.'s hip Italian eatery Dolce, she was overheard mumbling, "I love myself, I love myself."

When a gawker told her she looked "beautiful," the party girl screeched, "I love you for saying that!" She then celebrated the pat on the back by partying the night away at hotspot Le Deux. Awesome.

THG NOTE: Given this image we came across from yesterday, we're not sure if that onlooker was talking to the right person. Not one of the best Britney Spears pictures ever taken, that's for sure:

Also, the National Enquirer is reporting a Britney anecdote from late last year that is probably complete bull$h!t, but nonetheless believable, given who we're talking about - and not entirely unfunny.

According to the trashy tabloid, Britney was tricked by Paris Hilton into thinking she had jeopardized her chances of ever having an orgasm again - after the Brister got so faded that she lit the wrong end of a cigarette.

Paris apparently told her that would damage her ability to climax.

"'Oh my God! Don't you know that lighting a cigarette the wrong way and inhaling stops the blood flow to your private parts, and doing it more than once means you may never have an orgasm again!?"

Britney was horrified and ran around for about 10 minutes asking everyone in sight, including Lindsay Lohan, if they had ever heard that, before Paris admitted she was kidding.

Wow. And you wonder where blonde jokes come from. It was not specified whether the two had no pants on during the alleged incident.

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We know she's a party animal who's had her share of recent mishaps, but has Britney Spears' career officially jumped the shark?

That's the question asked by various gossip sites and major media outlets this week, as Americans wonder if the negative publicity associated with Spears' wild partying has sunk her to irreparable depths as fans scorn her.

Britney Spears, Good Morning America Concert

After all, if you're a young woman, there's nothing worse than to party a lot, hook up with guys and become an exhibitionist commando queen.

Think about it. She could cheat on her husband while still married with Sean Preston and Jayden James at home and not be subjected to this kind of scrutiny. They'd say K-Fed deserved it. She could become a full-blown drug addict and people would give her a free pass. It's tough to handle fame in the spotlight, after all! Right, Tara Conner?

But to fans, there's nothing worse than being a slut - or perceived as a slut. This month, the singer's largest fan site, World of Britney, will close down. Last week, students voted Spears the most ill-mannered celeb of 2006. Spears split in October with her publicist, and her record label's spokeswoman left in late December.

World of Britney founder, Ruben Garay, says he has no doubt that, if her music is good, a career comeback is not only possible, but will likely be successful. Spears is working on an album and may release a single this summer.

But she might want to make a move before then, public-image experts say. After all, it will take a lot to undo the damage done by the late-2006 deluge of nude and nearly nude Britney Spears pictures.

"If she were to make some apologies now, it would work in her favor to redeem her persona," says Boston publicist Evangelia Souris.

Spears' original appeal with fans, Garay says, was that she came from a small town and worked hard to succeed. But in 2006, the gap with fans widened considerably. The final straw for Garay was not the pics of Brit clubbing in no pants, but the fact that Spears was a no-show in October for a scheduled meet-and-greet with fans.

That was about the time students nationwide started voting for the best-mannered stars in an annual poll by the National League of Junior Cotillions. In a rare move, the ill-mannered category was added. Spears won by a large margin, with fans stating, unequivocally, that she lowered the standards for civility and morality.

But is she really any different than most 25-year-olds? The eschewing of pants is a bit extreme, but we all make bad decisions. Celebrities like Katie Rees might be stripped of her Miss Nevada crown over some naughty pictures taken four years ago, but she shouldn't be stripped of all respect. She's only human, and if we were all judged strictly by our worst moments as teens, we'd all look pretty awful.

T.H. Gossip believes there's nothing wrong with partying and getting your fade on. We will defend Britney any day of the week - but that's not going to be enough for the singer to regain the trust of her fans, however unfair they might be towards her. Hopefully, she'll pull it together - not for us, because we accept her no matter what, but for her own sake, so she's happier with herself.

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The Britney Spears pictures we brought you yesterday don't even begin to tell the story. Well, actually they do - but they don't prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the Britster was sh!tfaced on New Year's Eve. This picture, however, does:

Britney's Body

T.H. Gossip would like to note that we are not critical of Britney Spears for partying, especially on New Year's. We are merely pointing out the absurdity of her people's statements that she simply fell asleep (from quote-unquote exhaustion, not boozing) at the party.

Come on now. It's New Year's Eve - and since filing for divorce from K-Fed, she's already partied hard with various D-listers and skanks, given us a nice crotch shot and hooked up with a dirtball named J.R. Rotem. At this point, what could Britney reeally do to embarrass herself? We know what we're getting, and accept it, despite its faults.

Fell asleep at the club?! Right. That happens all the time. This is almost as absurd as Bill Clinton saying he didn't inhale the marijuana he once tried, or Paris Hilton's claim that she's only slept with two guys. Unless she was just talking about this morning...

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Is Britney Spears headed for rehab?

The sexy singer who hates pants reportedly checked into an exclusive spa "for some R&R," MSNBC reports, leaving us wondering if yet another "R" â€" rehab â€" is in store.

Britney VMA Picture

At a New Year's Eve party, Spears passed out drunk fell asleep right after the clock struck midnight, causing observers to laugh hysterically fear for her well-being.

Sources confirm that Britney Spears quietly checked into Sanctuary, a spa in Arizona, on New Year's Day, according to Life & Style weekly.

"With these celebrities, exhaustion sometimes means something else and a little rest at a spa sometimes actually translates into something a little more serious," a spa source says.

THG NOTE: This spa employee is on the money - "exhaustion" often does mean something else. In Lindsay Lohan's case, it means a liter of man soup in her stomach.

Spears' manager, Tony Rudolph, couldn't be reached for comment, but numerous sources report that worried family members are urging the 25-year-old, soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Kevin Federline to seek help.

It's been heartbreaking for her family to see all these crazy Britney Spears pictures and watch her spin out of control on this downward spiral, according to a source close to the Spears clan.

Spears clearly has self-improvement somewhere on her mind: Late last month, she posted a message on her official site defending her wild partying, but admitting she "probably did take my newfound freedom a bit too far."

Then, asked if she had any New Year's resolutions by TV's Extra at her New Year's Eve party in Vegas, Spears replied:

"Stop biting my nails. Just to take care of me more."

If by that, she means passing out drunk and providing fans with more nude pictures, then we are al for it. But seriously, Britney, you should try to get it together. Merely watching this train wreck is tiring us out.

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We've gotten our hands on some new Britney Spears pictures from her New Year's party in Las Vegas, where the pop star once again made headlines. Check them out:

Little Bit of Brit

Just kidding about the one on the bottom right - we know that's an old one. But it was the best picture we could find in which Britney Spears was completely FUBAR (f*%ked up beyond all recognition), so we decided to go with it. That picture was taken late last year, back when Brit and Paris Hilton were BFFs and would go clubbing with no pants on. Those were the days.

But back to New Year's Eve and the controversy of the moment. Here's what an onlooker had to say about Britney's reported collapse, which she denies, claiming she merely fell asleep:

Before she was escorted out of Pure, the Britster counted down to midnight inside the club and said, "Happy f--king New Year! What happens in Vegas always stays in Vegas!"

THG NOTE: That's true - just ask Ron Jeremy and K-Fed's mom. Or Katie Rees. She would know - she's from Nevada! Oh, wait... guess those pics didn't exactly stay there.

Shortly thereafter, Spears headed upstairs to the club's VIP balcony and started chugging out of a Dom Pérignon bottle.

Always a classy move. Then again, this is a young woman who married Kevin Federline, so I guess we shouldn't expect anything less.

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The amazing Britney Spears was exhausted - not drunk - during a New Year's Eve party in Las Vegas, according to her representative.

"By about one o'clock, she was just done, so we took her out. [Britney Spears] was not drunk. She was just tired and falling asleep," says Larry Rudolph, her manager.

Short Shorts and Uggs

Monday, reports circulated that the 25-year-old mother of two fainted and had to be carried out of a Ceasars Palace's Pure nightclub in Sin City, where she was hosting a New Year's party. Instead, Rudolph said Spears walked out of the club and did not seek medical attention.

"There is nothing out of the ordinary here," he said.

A source at Pure corroborates his claim that this was not a Nicole Richie-style fainting episode.

"She was absolutely not carried out of the club. Her security and Pure's security walked her out... She didn't pass out or faint or any of that."

It would certainly make a funnier story if Britney passed out drunk at (or went commando to) the party, but maybe the new mom was finally acting like one - and falling asleep early! Before her exit, Britney had a good time with friends such as Brian Friedman (below).

In other Britney news, she was reportedly seen sucking face with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart Friday. The former USC star and Heisman winner, who just welcomed his first child with ex-girlfriend (or maybe current girlfriend) Brynn Cameron, has also been linked to Paris Hilton and Kristin Cavallari in the past year.

The guy's a player. No, really, he is - he plays pro football!

Lastly, a judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Britney against Us Weekly, which speculated on the rumored Britney Spears sex tape late last year. The judge said Britney Spears actively fosters a sexual energy, makes money off her sexuality and various sexual antics (such as kissing Madonna), so there was no damage to her reputation.

Lesson learned: If you want to want to claim someone damaged your precious reputation by printing false sex tape rumors, don't go parading around in no pants and offering up a crotch shot to any photographer within sight.

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She's our most gossiped-about celebrity, and certainly the favorite of at least half the staff. So it's only fitting that on the last day of the year 2006, T.H. Gossip offers a brief tribute to the year in Britney Spears, while hoping 2007 brings us more of the same.

The new mom almost killed son Sean Preston more than once. K-Fed became FedEx. New baby Sutton Pierce turned out to actually be Jayden James. Britney went from knocked up to f*%ked up. We got to hear the names Jason Alexander and Shar Jackson again.

Mid-Air Boinkage

Good God. If we were to recap every noteworthy story or funny incident, it would be the longest retrospective imaginable. So we'll keep it brief. For a full collection of Britney Spears pictures from the past year, check out our official gallery. And please see our expansive, archived Britney Spears news section for all the Brit happenings since we've been in existence.

Without further ado, here's 2006: A Britney Spears Odyssey...

ROW 1: A pregnant Britney caught considerable flak for driving with her first-born, Sean Preston Federline, on her lap. Later, she would have dropped the poor little tyke on the street, were it not for the efforts of a stranger. Amazing.

ROW 2: Brit guest starred on Will & Grace (left), and on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. Although the latter was actually an interview with the star, and as you can see, it didn't go all that well as Spears was in full train wreck mode.

ROW 3: Some strange, semi-hot nude Britney Spears pictures in Harper's Bazaar marked the first time in 2006 that we'd seen the pop star naked... but the last time in which she was pregnant. Over the summer, we saw Britney looking like a truck driver hopped up on crystal meth. Good times.

ROW 4: Fresh off filing for divorce from Kevin Federline, Britney showed off a newly-hot body and fun-loving attitude. She then proceded to link up with some unsavory characters, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. The girl does not have the best taste in friends... or men, for that matter.

ROW 5: During a bizarre night on the town with Paris, Britney Spears' breasts stole the show... until they were upstaged by the unthinkable: A full-on, shaved, Britney Spears crotch shot. Seriously, who goes clubbing with no pants?

ROW 6: Showing off even more of her wild side, Britney made an appearance at a California strip club. And got up on stage. And did a little number. She was asked to get off the stage and leave by management. Finally, she hooked up with J.R. Rotem, a quote-unquote music producer and certified grease ball.

What a year. Here's to you, Britney, in hopes that '07 is half as fun.

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Memo to Britney Spears: The Hollywood Gossip will always love you.

Too bad another website is too petty and conservative to say the same thing.

Britney Spears Hairstyle

WorldofBritney.com, a faithful and well-visited chronicler of all things Britney since 2000, is closing up shop. Its webmaster claims the demise isn't due specifically to any Britney crotch shots, but we aren't buying it.

"As Britney keeps losing her identity and credibility within fans and industry people, so is [World of Britney]," writes Ruben Garay. "I believe Britney is unfortunately done (for me at least). No matter what anyone thinks or how they may disagree, it's very hard to maintain the respect needed to keep things going."

Ouch. How do you really feel, Ruben? What if Jayden James grows up and reads those harsh words?

Garay says he's going to start another celeb-themed site soon. World of Katie Reese, anyone?

The site manager also claims he still has respect for Spears "as a human being." He didn't mention how he feels about Famke Janssen and animal rights, however. So tear him apart, deranged animal lovers!

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Looks as if Gwen Stefani isn't the only celebrity doing a little moving and shaking in the real estate game this week.

No, we're not talking about Donald Trump, although he has built a large percentage of his fortune through developing real estate.

OMG Where AM I

The subject of this post is the incomparable Britney Spears, who has moved into a new house, real estate sources confirm. Brit's new digs: a nice $7.2 million Mediterranean-style home in an exclusive, gated community just off Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills.

Spears has already left the sprawling Malibu mansion where she lived with her estranged husband, Kevin Federline, and their two children.

"She's moved in," said one nearby homeowner who asked not to be identified. "She's a neighbor."

THG NOTE: Dynamite drop-in, neighbor!

The new 7,453-square foot house has five-bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, media room, library and a terrace with a view of Los Angeles. Although the property is officially listed as being in escrow, the commando queen liked it so much that she has taken possession of the dwelling and the previous owner's contents.

Given the high-profile neighbors in this Beverly Hills setting, the new community will afford more privacy for Spears and her two young sons, Sean Preston Federline and Jayden James Federline. Plus, she surely doesn't want any paparazzi snooping around trying to snap hot pics of that new tattoo.

"It's a great gated community where the tour buses won't be stopping at your front door or lookiloos driving by," said Kurt Rappaport, president of Westside Real Estate Agency. "She got good value for the property."

And we continue to get our money's worth out of these nude pictures. Everyone wins.

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